Goddess Lakshmi puja is held at this day and there is a custom of purchasing things and bring it at home in the myth of Lakshmi came at home. It brings home a lot destiny and prosperity.
How Dhanteras is celebrated?
At this great occasion people generally repair their home, white washing, through cleaning, decorate house interiorly and exteriorly, make rangolis, light clay diyas and many more traditions to follow. They stick readymade footprints of goddess Laksmi to come wealth and prosperity to their home. After sunset people chant mantras, bhakti songs and arti of goddess Laksmi and lord Ganesh.
On the day of Dhanteras, business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with lanterns and traditional motifs of rangoli design to welcome the goddess of wealth and prosperity. To indicate her long –awaited arrival, also small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermillion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the night.
There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds (dhane in Marathi for Dhanatrayodashi) with jiggery and offer as naivedya.
Legends and stories of Dhanteras
The legend being celebrating Dhanteras is the story of 16 year old son of king Hima. He was forecasted to death by the snake biting at the 4th day of his marriage. His cleaver wife find a way to save her husband’s life, she collected lots of her ornaments and coins and made a heap at doorway of his bedroom. She recited the stories in order to keep her husband awaken.
The god of death, Yama had arrived in the form of serpent, suddenly his eyes were started dazzling because of the lighting lamps and jewelry. He was unable to enter the room. And hence he tried to climb over heaps of the coins. But after listening to song of prince’s wife he sat down there for whole night. And slowly it became morning and he went away without taking her husband. From then the day was started celebrating as Dhanteras.